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The Record Office is CLOSED until further notice

Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers remains our top priority. In line with national guidance and government recommendations we will close our Record Office from 4pm on Wednesday 4 November. The closure of our Record Office, along with other cultural and heritage attractions across the nation, will mean tougher times ahead for those working in the sector. We hope to continue to support researchers by responding to enquiries and providing copies of records where possible. Please make use of our online catalogues and resources. We will let you know when bookings are open again. We’re all in this together and will make sure our approach reflects the latest government guidelines. Keep up to date by visiting and follow our social media channels.

Collecting the Crisis

31st March 2020 to 31st July 2020

Just like any other national event – such as a general election or the late referendum on membership of the EU – we need to collect material which will reflect the local impact and response.

Therefore we are asking YOU to assist us in amassing this material so we can create an archive to record Covid-19 and its effect upon Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

We would like to ask you to begin to record life where you are and especially the changes you notice in your community.  When you take your daily exercise, please think of taking a camera (or your ‘phone) with you and photographing anything which you think might tell the story of this pandemic.  You might capture the empty toilet-roll shelves in your local supermarket, or the queue outside a pharmacy.  We would also like to see the signs which have appeared about ‘social distancing’ or limits on the number of people indoors at any one time.

Please also collect any notices, messages or leaflets you see.  We have picked up a message from the milkman and notice of a cancelled AGM but anything which will tell future generations what we went through in 2020 is worth keeping.  Once again, if in doubt keep it!

Please keep a record of what you have photographed together with when and where and do the same for any other items, unless they are self-explanatory. When life returns to normal, we will post a message about making arrangements for depositing your material at the Record Office.

Make sure you are following government health advice and do not put yourselves at risk to collect items or take photographs: this is only to be done during periods you would be out anyway.

Thank you. Keep well and keep collecting!



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